Summer may be all about bright and neon shades, but I don’t follow the trends. I prefer to wear whatever I like whenever I like and that means that you’ll sometimes see me sporting dark nail polish shades during the hot season too. I find dark shades beautiful and sultry, but also slightly more difficult to apply than lighter hues. During the years (and with lots of practice!), I figured out a few tips for a fuss-free and smooth manicure. Here they are:
1. Cut your nails
Long nails may be beautiful, but dark shades rarely look good on them. So, unless you’re going for the Morticia Adams look, cut them very short. Not only they’ll look hotter with a dark shade on, but they will also be much more practical.
2. Use a base coat
A base coat is a must when you use dark shades. These hues are usually very pigmented and could stain your nails. Choose one with ridge-filling properties, like Essie Fill The Gap! Ridge Smoothing Base Coat, that will also give you a smooth foundation, allowing nail polishes to glide on more easily and evenly.
3. Swipe it
As mentioned above, dark hues have great colour payoff, so you’ll only need to apply a very little amount. To remove the excess polish from your brush, simply swirl it against the inner rim of the bottle.
4. Start from the middle
It’s now finally time to apply the nail polish. Start by painting the nail in the middle, from just above the cuticle upwards, and be sure to apply just a little bit of pressure: this will help the colour spread out more evenly. Then, repeat the process at the edges.
5. Clean it up
It’s very easy to make mistakes when applying a dark shade. If the colour has ended up on your skin, remove it with a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover or with a polish corrector pen, such as Sephora Precision Nail Polish Corrector Pen.
6. Top it off
Protect your manicure from chipping and make it last longer by applying a top coat. If, like me, you can’t keep your hands still for more than 5 minutes, choose a very quick-drying one. My favourite is Mavala Colorfix Top Coat.
How do you apply dark nail polishes? And do you wear them in the summer?